March 2019
 
Dear Friend,
 
A self-styled progressive sociologist, Nick Wolfinger, recently presented the following eye-popping summary of his latest research at the University of Virginia:
 
"A curious and unhappy feature of family demography is the stubborn persistence of poverty in mother-headed families. In the past 40 years the income gap between single-mother and married-mother families barely changed, a surprising result given women's gains in education and the labor force."
 
In this short paragraph, several crises converge that characterize our age: the crisis of marriage and divorce, the crisis of manhood and absent fathers, and the crisis of promiscuity and out-of-wedlock sex. And what is fascinating to me is that in every case, today's gospel of liberation from nature and religion has only compounded the problem.
 
Preaching the gospel of no-fault divorce and the gospel of marriage unbound from its natural purposes, liberationism has weakened, not strengthened, the institution of marriage. And as a result, participation in marriage, a major correlated factor of wealth and well-being, has decreased.
 
Preaching the gospel of individual freedom, autonomy, and self-actualization, liberationism has written fathers a blank check to pursue their own sexual and personal fulfillment apart from the hard work, responsibility, and reward that comes with heading a family. 
 
Preaching the gospel of sexual freedom, liberationism has untethered sex from its natural purpose and consequence and removed it from its proper context, which has hit the lowest socioeconomic demographics and minority communities the hardest. In 2014, "about 29 percent of white children, 72 percent of black children, and over half of Hispanic children were born to single mothers."
 
Preaching the gospel of female empowerment in terms of functional and ontological interchangeability with males, liberationism has, as Wolfinger points out in the paragraph above, led to no change in poverty rates among mother-headed households. What is more, by stigmatizing fatherly headship and downplaying the importance of fathers in the home through campaigns to erase gender difference, men are no longer encouraged to rise to the challenge of fatherhood and own the role for which God designed them. After telling men they aren't needed, we act surprised when they listen.
 
The scary part about this is that the problem is self-propagating and spiraling out of control. In his report, Wolfinger goes on to document the fact that never-married mothers, a percent of the population that is increasing, are most likely to come from households of mothers that were never married themselves, while mothers that come from married and even divorced households are more likely to have intact, married families. What is to be done?
 
Embedded within the reason given for the first no-fault divorce law in modern history, introduced by the Bolsheviks in communist Russia following the 1917 revolution, is a historical irony. The reason the Bolsheviks gave for their opposition to marriage is that they considered it to be bourgeois institution, which must be eradicated along with the bourgeoisie. History may have proven them correct, but not in the way they intended. When marriage is discarded, the bourgeoisie—the middle class—shrinks because poverty persists. And Wolfinger's report suggests that mother-headed families, women and children, have borne the brunt of this devolution.
 
Do you want to encourage spiritual and material flourishing in your community? Don't preach the progressive gospel of liberation from design, nature, and religion. Instead, be an advocate for marriages that are fruitful. Oppose divorce. Be an advocate for active fatherhood that leads and provides for families. Oppose cultural forces that celebrate the maverick lifestyle and the deadbeat dad. Be an advocate for chastity. Oppose sexual promiscuity. And don't buy the bill of goods being sold on every corner today that female empowerment is a kind of silver bullet to all our societal ills. Wolfinger's research suggests otherwise, and in this way the book of nature points us toward the Book of Life.
 
Marriage is not merely a bourgeois institution, although it undisputedly correlated with middle- and upper-class prosperity. Marriage is more fundamentally a divine institution. And God made us male and female for a purpose, part of which is male-headed homes that provide for and raise the next generation. You don't have a society without the family, and you don't have the family without marriage. Our radically progressive society is running on borrowed social capital as well as those natural families that persist in spite of the reigning ideologies of the day. We need to reinvest in families and in marriage, and by doing so we are investing in nothing less than justice for our society. This is our aim at CBMW, and we'll keep doing that as long as God gives us breath and we have your support.
 
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The next few months are brimming with excitement for CBMW. We still have an announcement that is waiting in the wings for this Spring that you should stay tuned for, but in the meantime we are preparing for three important events in April and May in Indianapolis (IN), Lexington (KY), and Aliso Viejo (CA):
 
        
 
 
At each of these events, our aim is to edify the church by building on the foundation of the Scriptures and providing support through the two ministerial pillars of CBMW: the Danvers Statement and the Nashville Statement. Also next month, Owen Strachan, former president of CBMW, and Gavin Peacock, CBMW's director of international outreach, and Gavin's wife, Amanda, are all traveling to the AiG Women's conference, where CBMW will have a booth. 
 
This past month, Denny Burk traveled to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City to deliver the Scudder lectures on homosexuality, transgenderism, and so-called "gay Christianity." I would encourage you to watch these lectures, which can be found here.
 
 
In April we are giving away a FREE RESOURCE for the donation of any amount to our ministry. If you haven't read John Piper's and Wayne Grudem's 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood, now is your chance. It is a great little book for small groups, Sunday School classes, or even one-on-one discipleship groups to study together the scriptural case for complementarianism. If you want a copy mailed to you, follow this link and donate today.
 
 
If your church or organization is interested in having a CBMW speaker or event at a location near you, fill out this form and our office will be in contact with you shortly. If your church or organization benefits from the ministry of CBMW, please consider penciling support for CBMW into your monthly budget.
 
And let us all thank God today for the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son for the church, His beloved bride, as we await the fulfillment of every marriage on earth in the marriage supper of the Lamb (Eph. 5:32; Rev. 19:6–9).
 
In Christ,
Colin J. Smothers
CBMW Executive Director
 
 
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Is Gay Okay for Christians? What about Transgender?
 
CBMW president Denny Burk traveled to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City this month to deliver the Scudder lectures on homosexuality, transgenderism, and so-called "gay Christianity."
 
Watch these lectures here.
 

 
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A Strong Statement on Sexuality from the President of Covenant Theological Seminary
 
In the video linked above, Covenant Theological Seminary Mark Dalbey issued a statement on biblical sexuality in response to the controversy surrounding Revoice.
 
Watch the video or read a transcript of his remarks here
 

 
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Azusa Pacific University removes ban on gay relationships…again.
 by Denny Burk
 
"Last Fall, I wrote about Azusa Pacific University’s (APU) removal of the ban on gay relationships among its students. Days later, the trustees voted to reverse the administration and to reinstate the ban. Today, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Azusa Pacific University has removed its ban on homosexual relationships yet again."
 
Read the rest here.
 

 
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by Colin Smothers
 
Dr. Kulah: "[P]lease hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics. We do not need to hear a progressive U.S. bishop lecture us about our need to 'grow up.'"
 
Read the rest of the article here.
 

 
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by Colin Smothers
 
CBMW receives a lot of questions at our office email, cbmwoffice@cbmw.org. As a staff, we try to answer as many of these as we can. Occasionally these questions and answers are applicable to many situations. This is why we have started a series called CBMW Mailbag, in which we will periodically post answers to questions sent to our inbox. Names are changed to protect privacy.
 
Read the answer here.
 

 
 
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Gender and Sexuality News Roundup
 
One mission we have at CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclessial trends with respect to gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news and articles as we try to wade through the contstant flow of trending stories. In our weekly Gender and Sexuality News Roundups, we aim to distill some of the more pertinent information for you. These articles are from a wide variety of sectors and publications, organized generally into three categories. They are presented in aggregate, and not necessarily endorsed.
 
If you see an article that you think should be featured in future CBMW news roundups, you can send it to: cbmwoffice@cbmw.org with the subject “News Roundup.”

 
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